In many respects, being an astrologer is a rather solitary profession. We spend vast quantities of time alone — setting up charts, studying charts, reading, and studying. And most non-astrologers don’t understand what we do —not even if we explain. Some find it very glamorous — which it can be. If you do well, you get to travel — but only after you’ve prepared all those charts and handouts. And once you get there, you can expect to spend much of your time working. In fact, I know several people who not only lecture and teach and do charts while away but also take other work with them. Some people see it as an easy job and expect you to give them free readings. And some just plain aren’t interested. And as you advance in your studies, it gets harder and harder to find kindred spirits to share your passion with on a fairly level playing field.
That’s where conferences come in. At a conference, you can spend 3 days with kindred spirits, socializing and eating, sleeping, and breathing astrology with knowledgeable people who share your passion. They understand what you do. They’re mostly interested in what you do and how you do it. And they are often willing to share their knowledge both in lectures and out of them. In fact, some of the best discussions I’ve ever had have not been in the lectures at all but rather in the hospitality room or in someone’s room or in the bar after lectures where you start to compare notes and see where those lectures have taken people.
The other neat thing about conferences is that you not only get to hear those speakers you’ve read or seen on video; you get to talk to them. No book or video can do that.
Keynote Speaker: David Cochrane
Take for example, our keynote speaker David Cochrane. David has some excellent videos on YouTube. And yeah, you can watch them at home for free. But you won’t get your questions answered that way. And you won’t have the benefit of other people’s questions or input either. (And yes, sometimes these questions can be annoying or the input irrelevant. A good speaker knows how to deal with that, though, so he or she can deliver what was promised and sometimes more.) Last year, David Cochrane was one such speaker and many of you wanted more. So this year he’s back. He’ll be lecturing in the main portion of the conference and additionally will be doing our keynote:
The Astrologer’s Journey: Roller Coasters and Merry-Go-Rounds
David will share with us how his passion for astrology has resulted in a life-long roller coaster ride. On the other hand, some astrologers are enjoying a pleasant ride on a merry-go-round. David illustrates his points with humorous stories that also have some serious implications for how we can best pursue astrology and best serve our clients.
This will be an informal and informative event, complete with good nibblies and a cash bar. So while it may be more expensive than staying home, you will have all the comforts of home while listening, except maybe your pajamas. And so long as your pajamas cover all the appropriate parts, you can even wear your pajamas if you really want to — though frankly, one of the things I like about conferences is that they give us a chance to dress up a bit.
David will also be lecturing in the main portion of the conference. And when not lecturing, you may sometimes find him and Fei at the Cosmic Patterns table in the trade room. Drop by and have a look at their programs, which are also largely David’s work.
We are still at first call for the trade room — and STILL looking for a jewellry vendor — but I have it on good authority that Silver Raven Soaps will also be back— and Lisanne informs me that there could very well be some new products. If you are a vendor, now is a good time to reserve your space. So contact me, huh? We’re trying to get a good variety of items in the trade room, and you just might have what we’re looking for!
Oh, and for those of you who are scratching your head and asking “Where are the mediums?” here’s the deal. We’re having something a little different this year on Friday night — a Divination night. This allows some of you with various metaphysical skills to show them off, and we’re expecting to have Tarot, runes, and crystal ball among other things. And yes, there could well be some mediums too. I hope to have more news on this in a couple of weeks once I get the kinks worked out. So stay tuned.
The next SOTAnews will appear around February 7, since I will be traveling to Midwest School of Astrology in the interim as well as dealing with some SOTA-related administrivia and doctor’s appointments. In the interim, stay warm and watch out for that freezing rain that’s going around.